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8th Annual Aleksanteri Conference
December 10-12, 2008; the University of Helsinki, Finland


Contact Information
(Not for submissions):

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O.Box 42)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

phone +358-(0)9-191 23627
fax +358-(0)9-191 23615

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Programme and workshops

Plenum venue at Helsinki University Museum Arppeanum, Auditorium 2nd floor
Address: Snellmaninkatu 3

  Printable programme (PDF)

Wednesday, 10 December

10.00- Registration at University Museum Arppeanum
12.30-13.00 Director Markku Kivinen, Aleksanteri Institute
Opening Words
Senior Researcher Aino Saarinen, Aleksanteri Institute
Insights into Welfare, Gender, and Agency
13.00-14.30 Plenum 1
Professor Linda J. Cook (USA)
Negotiating Welfare in Russia and Eastern Europe: Societal Agents,
Statist Interests, and the Politics of Reform
Associate Professor Dagmar Kutsar,
Co-author Lecturer Avo Trumm (Estonia)
Poverty in a Transitional Country from Different Angles
14.30-15.00 Coffee at the Helsinki University Main Building
15.00-16.45 Parallel workshops 1
16.45-18.30 Parallel workshops 2
18.30 Welcome reception at Helsinki University Museum Arppeanum,
Emperor's Room, 4th floor

Thursday, 11 December

9.30- 11.00 Plenum 2
Professor Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova (Russia)
Gendering Social Work in Russia:
Social Policy Contexts and Knowledge Production

Dr. Kate Thomson (UK)
Researching the Local Welfare Arena in Russia

11.00-12.00 Lunch break
12.00-16.15 Satellite Seminar at STAKES
"Actual Development Topics from the Central and Eastern Europe" 
at STAKES auditorium, Lintulahdenkuja 4
12.00-13.45 Parallel workshops 3
13.45-15.30 Parallel workshops 4
15.30-16.00 Coffee at the Helsinki University Main Building
16.00-17.45 Parallel workshops 5

Friday, 12 December 

9.00- 10.30 Plenum 3
Associate Professor Janet Elise Johnson (USA)
Women's Crisis Centers in Russia:
How Transnational Collaborations Can Work

Dr. Elena Gapova (Belarus/Lithuania/USA)
The Gender of Postcommunist Citizenship

10.30-12.15 Parallel workshops 6
12.15-13.15 Lunch break
13.15-14.15 Plenum 4
Associate Professor Vesselin Popov (Bulgaria)
Gypsy/Roma in Countries of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States): Problems of their Welfare and their Civic Organizations (NGO's)
14.15-14.45 Closing Remarks
Senior Researcher Jouko Nikula, Aleksanteri Institute